Caroline Williams- Cairo Islamic Monuments

The Future of the Past: 
Cairo's Islamic monuments 

Dr. Caroline Williams
Islamic Art Historian and Writer

Friday June, 8th, 2018
6:30 pm: Pre-Lecture Reception ($5.00/person)
7:00 pm: Lecture (Free)


The Islamic monuments of Cairo - Egypt's other heritage - have long played Cinderella to its Pharaonic legacy. Yet these medieval survivals are the most concentrated, the most numerous and the most varied of the Muslim world. This legacy was rediscovered by the Egyptian Government at the turn of the millennium in its Historic Cairo Restoration Program. The Uprising of January, 2011, however,  has exacerbated old problems and created new concerns for this World Heritage City. This is the story that Caroline Williams will share with you.


Caroline Williams has been an enthusiast of Islamic Cairo since she was the sole attendant at the Son et Lumiére program at Salah al-Din's Citadel in 1962. Then and  there she was inspired to do graduate work at Harvard University in Middle East history and then in Islamic art and architecture at the American University of Cairo in 1968.

In 1985 she wrote The Islamic Monuments of Cairo: The Practical Guide. Over the years she has noted the changes in this core area, and now 33 years later,  the book is in press for its 7th edition.

**This event takes place in Alexandria**
505 East Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA 22314
Across the street from Braddock road Metro station.
Venue sponsored by  Maria & Richard Calderon and

Also at the lecture:

During the Pre-Lecture Reception, there will be a raffle for items such as journals, jewelry, DVDs, etc. ARCE-DC members receive an extra raffle ticket.

Meet-the-Speaker & Networking Dinner: 

Immediately after the lecture, join ARCE-DC members and guests for a dinner with the speaker. We will meet at Lena's Woodfired Pizza and Tap-- located just a few blocks away. Each attendee pays for their own dinner and contributes an extra $5.00 to defray the cost of the speaker's dinner.  RSVP to Carol Boyer at